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Friday, March 16, 2012

Packing Light for a Family Vacation



I absolutely love to travel. Growing up, I lived in over ten different states from California to upstate New York. There's nothing more exciting than to go on a trip and see new and interesting sites, immerse yourself in different cultures and learn the ways of different lands. But all of this sounds so "fairytale like," until you pump the breaks and realize that you're not traveling alone, rather, you have more to think about with bringing the kids! Nonetheless, the key to traveling with kids is to pack light! Don't feel like you have to bring the entire house with you on your trip, instead pack smart and write down the "must have" items before you go on your vacation.

I absolutely love to travel. Growing up, I lived in over ten different states from California to upstate New York. There's nothing more exciting than to go on a trip and see new and interesting sites, immerse yourself in different cultures and learn the ways of different lands. But all of this sounds so "fairytale like," until you pump the breaks and realize that you're not traveling alone, rather, you have more to think about with bringing the kids! Nonetheless, the key to traveling with kids is to pack light! Don't feel like you have to bring the entire house with you on your trip, instead pack smart and write down the "must have" items before you go on your vacation.

My family and I are going to visit my Mom in Boulder, Colorado for Spring Break! There's nothing like seeing the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and climbing the trails along the Flatirons. Packing light for a family vacation is the only way to go!


I learned the hard way early on not to over do it when packing, so I created easy tips to keep you sane and not insane:

  • Make sure to pack light and pack smart! I like to make a list of all of the items I need before going on a trip.
  • You don't need to bring a lot of clothes, because you can always wash them during your travels.
  • Dress in layers when you're on the plane, because that's more clothes you don't have to bring in your bag.
  • Pack clothes that you can wear in multiple styles.
  • Roll large bulky items. Key is to fold, fold, roll, roll!
  • Use shopping bags and/or zip lock bags to store your items in your suitcase. Keeps things organized!

It's so expensive to travel these days, that you don't want your bags to cost the price of any extra ticket. Instead pack smart and think about how many times you can wear the same outfit over and over again in different ways. Remember that there's always a washing machine, laundry mat, or good ole sink that you can use to keep your clothes clean.

Where are you going for Spring Break? Let me know some of your packing tips

Sojourner Marable Grimmett (pictured right, along with Gurvir Dhindsa) is an Atlanta-based author who is recognized for writing about the joys and challenges of being a “stay-at-work” mom and connects with moms, both new and experienced, who have the responsibility of raising a family and maintaining a full-time job.

Sojourner has been featured in FitPregnancy, iVillage, MacaroniKid.com, BlackCelebKids.com, MyAtlantaMoms.com, WhatToExpect.com, BlackandMarriedwithKids.com, Fox News, and CNN. She is married to her college sweetheart, Roland and they have two young sons, Roland Jay and Joshua.

Visit her blog sojournermarablegrimmett.blogspot.com follow her on twitter and like her on Facebook. Also join her new campaign to support establishing lactation rooms in public places www.supporttablefortwo.org.

Photos by Joshua Marable

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